A Quick Guide to Chainsaw Sharpeners

Baumr-AG 350W Pro-Series All Alloy Chainsaw Sharpener

The trees in your yard are your responsibility, even if you didn’t plant them yourself and were already there when you first bought your property. Serious tree care jobs such as felling and stump removal require the services of a professional arborist. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing left for you to do. There’s still quite a lot that can be done that don’t require a certificate in forestry or arboriculture. All you need is the right tool.

For instance, pruning damaged tree branches and removing fallen trees after a storm requires a good chainsaw. A dependable chainsaw is good to have around since it can do a lot of work with minimal effort from the user. However, with repeated use, a chainsaw will become dull after a while. You can either replace the blades, or you can save money and sharpen the chainsaw’s cutting teeth yourself.

Just like any machine, a chainsaw requires regular care in order to ensure proper functioning. You have the bar to think about, as well as the engine, among other things. But one of the most important things about the chainsaw is the blade. Without it, the chainsaw is practically useless. You need a sharp blade to cut through things. If you want to keep your chainsaw blades sharp, then you need to have a chainsaw sharpener. Having a chainsaw sharpener on hand allows you to sharpen the teeth whenever it becomes dull, ensuring that the chainsaw cuts remain quick and excellent.

Cutting with dull chainsaw teeth is incredibly dangerous. The dull teeth increase the chances of getting kickback while cutting, and this can lead to engine damage and even serious injuries. Sharpening the chainsaw blades yourself might seem intimidating and complicated, but with the right training and knowledge and the best tool, you’ll ask yourself why you ever doubted yourself in the first place.

There are two methods of sharpening chainsaw blades: manual and electric. Manual sharpening entails the use of a file. Some people might find this too cumbersome and slow, and even dangerous. Thankfully, we have electric chainsaw sharpeners to make the process faster and more precise. Manual sharpening is prone to human error while using a machine to sharpen the blades ensures an even treatment. Electric sharpeners also strip away deeper with each pass compared with a manual file. You get to achieve more with less effort, not to mention the service life of the blade is extended.

Blade sharpeners are fairly easy to use, but just like any machinery, especially one with blades, a certain amount of caution is required. To begin with, the chain should be situated in a way that the sanding disc makes minimal contact with each cutting link. The disc shouldn’t touch the tooth, just brush. While a good electric sharpener removes more than your average manual sharpener, you don’t want the sanding disc to strip away too much from the chain. Too much and the chain won’t be as effective and it can even become even more dangerous.

How do chainsaw sharpeners work?

Electric chainsaw sharpeners can be categorised into two basic camps: Stationary Sharpeners and Handheld Sharpeners. Stationary sharpeners are mounted to a bench, and requires some amount of assembly prior to use, just like a cabinet from IKEA. One important safety precaution that has to be observed when operating a bench-mounted stationary model is to shut the motor down before moving the chain along the chain holder. This turn off-move-turn on process has to be repeated when sharpening every single link the chain.

On the other hand, handheld models have a spinning sanding disc that performs the teeth cutting. The guide is appended to the sharpener and helps with the overall accuracy of the sharpening process. However, the slightest inconsistency in the angle of the blade can lead to irregular sharpening grade from tooth to tooth.

One can say that stationary sharpeners provide more precision compared to their handheld counterparts. However, professionals who work out on the field still prefer the portability of the handheld sharpener. There are no outlets in the middle of the forest, and a handheld sharpener is their only answer.